After having lunch in the market town of Pickering, the tour group made their way up the narrow, twisted path flanked by colorful hedges and shrubs, paused to take photos of the stone monument before trekking across the sprawling acres of land to the Harrogate Estate, one of the stately homes in Yorkshire associated with the slave business.
Rashida stood in the impressive Great Hall at the Harrogate estate, studying the paintings which hung from the walls. They were mostly family portraits and other members of the aristocracy. The estate belonged to James Harrogate, a banker and sugar importer who held shares in 20 ships involved in the slave trade between Barbados and Africa. It made her sick to think that this man, like many others such as he, became rich off of Africans who were taken from their homes and brought to strange lands as slaves. The journeys were long, treacherous and many slaves died.
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